The Borderline: 10/12–10/18
Bringing you the latest on immigration and border issues: Boston edition.
Hi everyone! This is the eleventh edition of The Borderline, Stories from the Border’s weekly newsletter on immigration and border issues: Boston edition. This is our curated summary of what we’ve been reading and working on throughout the semester in Boston.
This week, we learned that the Supreme Court justices appear divided along ideological lines over an ongoing case about a Kansan undocumented immigrant being prosecuted by the state for unauthorized employment and identity theft. This verdict in this case could determine whether states are encroaching on the federal government’s jurisdiction over immigration enforcement.
We also learned about a Cuban asylum-seeker dying by suicide while being detained in Louisiana for months, in addition to learning the story of a British family that was detained in what they described as “disgusting” conditions after crossing the U.S.-Canada border illegally.
Keep an eye out for upcoming stories from our fieldwork this summer and current reporting from what we’re seeing in the Boston area.
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–Meena and Vivekae
We’re learning more about a Cuban immigrant who died by suicide in ICE detention this week. About Rep. Elijah Cummings signing immigration-related subpoenas hours before his passing. About the ACLU’s legal campaign to protect U.S. immigration advocates at ports of entry. About a British family’s story of being detained in the U.S. after accidentally crossing the U.S.-Canada border. About immigrant representation among this year’s U.S. Nobel Prize winners. About Mexico busing asylum-seekers to the southern part of the country while they await U.S. court dates. About Mexican authorities preventing migrants from heading north through Mexico to reach the United States.
- U.S. Border Patrol eyeing facial recognition for body cams: To what extent does law enforcement’s increased interest in using facial recognition software infringe on civil liberties?
- U.S. restores aid to Central America after reaching migration deals: How has the federal government harnessed political conditions in the provision of aid to Central American countries?
- U.S. Supreme Court divided over Kansas immigrant identity theft case: How could the case impact states’ ability to prosecute undocumented immigrants for unauthorized employment — a role that has been traditionally delegated to the federal government?
- A Cuban immigrant asked for asylum. After months of detention, he killed himself, ICE says.: To what extent are immigrants resorting to “self-deportation” or dying by suicide after waiting in detention for months?
- U.S. officials say British family illegally crossed border from Canada on purpose: To what extent is this incident indicative of a broader trend of detentions from border crossings at the U.S.-Canada border?
- How Trump’s immigration agenda collided with health care: How has Trump harnessed health care to advance his immigration agenda ahead of the 2020 elections?
GREATER BOSTON AREA:
- Boston jail to stop housing ICE detainees to house more women: How could this result in the relocation of ICE detainees to more remote areas and negatively impact their access to family and attorney visitation?